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Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) Review

Posted in Police Academy 3: Back in Training with tags , , , , , , , on July 9, 2014 by Last Road Reviews

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POLICE ACADEMY 3: BACK IN TRAINING

*** ½ Out of 5

Tagline- Run for Cover!

Release Date- March 21st, 1986

Running Time- 83-Minutes

Rating- PG

Screenplay- Gene Quintano

Director- Jerry Paris

Starring- Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow, Leslie Easterbrook with Art Metrano and George Gaynes

Released in 1986 Police Academy 3 was the first one to carry a PG rating as the original was rated R (the only one in the series) and the 2nd was PG-13. In many ways Police Academy 3 is a remake of the original with a couple of elements from the 2nd mixed in. In my opinion the original was the best in the series and while very popular I don’t think people remember it was actually quite funny and the slapstick comedy was a little restrained when compared to the sequels. Most people at least to me cite the 2nd film as the best of the sequels though me personally I’d go with part 5. Honestly the 2nd was for me was always one of the lesser films in the series (though far better than the 6th & 7th film). Police Academy 3 made a nice return after what I felt was a bit subpar 2nd film. All the Police Acaedmy films were released the very next year barley being a year and in some cases under a year (except part 7, which came out 5-years after the 6th). Whereas I felt the 2nd film was a little rushed it seemed at least to me WB was a little more prepared and Police Academy 3 was released just under less of a year from part 2 (8-days to be exact).

One of the police academies will be shut down after a competition. Lassard (Gaynes) and his academy will do batter with the academy led by Mauser (Metrano). Members of Lassard’s police academy return to help train the new recruits including some familiar faces from the past film including Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait) and Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky).

The screenplay by Gene Quintano is light on plot and what there is in terms of plot is basically a rehash of the first film, but with that said it actually works well. While as mentioned this one came out less than a year after the last part, but the script seemed better prepared, but by the time the final act rolls around the script was running a little out of steam. The script is fun and the characters all have their standout moments. Police Academy 3 will never be confused with Oscar worthy material, but when all is said and done the script serves its purpose.

Jerry Paris who directed the 2nd returns for the 3rd and this was the only time a director would return to direct another installment. This time around, Jerry Paris crafts a much better paced film with some highly amusing bits. This time around he has a slightly better script to work with and Paris makes a much funnier film this time around. Running at only 83-minutes Police Academy 3 never outstays it’s welcome though the final act is a little overly long in my opinion. While not on par with the original it’s an effective comedy and the 83-minutes pretty much fly by.

This would be the last we would see of Art Metrano as Mauser as in the 4th film and for the remainder of the series G.W. Bailey would return as Harris. It did take me a while to warm up to Metrano who is excellent in the two parts he’s in, but being so accustomed to Bailey it just didn’t feel right and while I still prefer G.W. Bailey since Harris is my favorite character Art Metrano is very funny and his scenes with Lance Kinsey are a riot! Leslie Easterbrook returns as to the series after not being in the previous film and that would actually be the only part she wasn’t in. The cast is again terrific and are clearly having fun.

Overall Police Academy 3 in my opinion was a vast improvement over an ok part 2. These films aren’t meant to be taken seriously they’re just meant to be silly fun and Police Academy 3 pretty much succeeds.

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Police Academy 2 (1985) Review

Posted in Police Academy 2 with tags , , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by Last Road Reviews

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POLICE ACADEMY 2: THEIR FIRST ASSIGNMENT

*** Out of 5

Tagline- Watch Out! They’ve Got to Clean Up the Worst Crime District in the World. But That’s No Problem. They’re the Worst Police Force in the Universe.

Release Date- March 29th, 1985

Running Time- 87-Minutes

Rating- PG-13

Screenplay- Barry Blaustein & David Sheffield

Director- Jerry Paris

Starring- Steve Guttenberg, Art Metrano, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Michael Winslow with Howard Hesseman and George Gaynes

Released in 1985 Police Academy 2 was rushed into production and came out just little over a year after the original film. The first 6 were all released within a year of each with some not even being a full year, but I think WB was better prepared, but in my opinion Police Academy 2 feels very rushed and could have used a little more time. Most of the core of the cast returns with the exception of Leslie Easterbrook and G.W. Bailey (though he does have an uncredited cameo). While I don’t think Police Academy 2 was a bad film I personally would rate among the bottom of the series. The 6th film was quite poor with the 7th being the absolute worst and while Police Academy 2 is by far better than those two I still felt it was an inferior sequel to a surprisingly very funny original film.

With crime rates high members of the police academy are sent in to help fight crime while Lt. Mauser (Metrano) plots to take over being Captain.

The screenplay by Barry Blaustein & David Sheffield has its moments where it’s quite funny, but for me it just felt very rushed and could have used a touch up or two. Some of the issues I have is the core of the cast just doesn’t have the same impact here and the reason they however work well was due to the actors. With the returning characters and newly added there were just too many and had the script been polished up I don’t think it would have been an issue. While the script isn’t bad I just didn’t find it as funny as it had potential to be, but there were some truly funny scenes such when Mauser is taking a shower and Mahoney (Guttenberg) switches his shampoo with crazy glue.

As director Jerry Paris does a fairly decent job, but I found the pacing to be a little sluggish in spots and despite running at only 87-minutes I did find the film a little overly long. The comedic bits don’t work as well as the original, but Paris does deliver some really funny scenes, but as a whole it just felt a little forced.

The cast is very much the bright spot and make the film funnier than it should have been, but the lack of George Gaynes as Lassard does hinder the film as he’s only in a couple of minutes of the film. But for me the biggest loss was G.W. Bailey as Lt. Harris. He was replaced by Art Metrano who was terrific as Lt. Mauser, but Harris was my favorite character in the series and I personally felt his loss hindered the film. Like I said I liked Art Metrano as he’s very funny and basically he’s playing Harris. Metrano would again return for the 3rd film before G.W. Bailey would return for the 4th film and returned for the rest of the series.

Overall Police Academy 2 is a decent entry, but in my opinion one of the weaker ones of the series the whole production just felt a little rushed and some comedic bits work, but more often than not it falls a little flat. The cast however is game and helps make a bit more out of the film. The original film was the only one R-rated and this would be PG-13 and the rest were PG.